Sarah Shemkus, Energy News Network

Sarah Shemkus, Energy News Network

Sarah Shemkus is a longtime journalist who covers business, technology, sustainability, and the places they all meet. She has covered the workings of small-town government in New Hampshire, the doings of alleged swindlers and con men, and the minutiae of local food systems. Her work has appeared in the Guardian, the Boston Globe,, Slate, and other publications. Based in Gloucester, Sarah covers New England.

Advocates fear NH clean energy proposal would pit nuclear against solar, wind

By: - November 7, 2023

Climate and clean energy advocates in New Hampshire say a pending proposal to define nuclear power as clean energy could undercut solar and wind power in the state. Though the details are still in the works, state Rep. Michael Vose, chair of the House Science, Technology, and Energy Committee, is drafting a bill that would […]

A worker installs a rooftop solar panel

In unexpected move, New Hampshire utilities voice support for solar net metering

By: - September 8, 2023

New Hampshire’s electric utilities have come out in favor of continuing the state’s current system for compensating customers who share surplus solar power on the grid. Eversource, Unitil, and Liberty Utilities surprised clean energy advocates by submitting joint testimony to state regulators last month endorsing the state’s current net metering structure. The program credits customers […]

How the Inflation Reduction Act is helping to jumpstart NH’s long-stalled climate plan

By: - July 7, 2023

New Hampshire – long an outlier among New England states on climate action – is on its way to creating a new climate plan for the first time in 14 years. The state budget adopted last month includes a $3 million federal grant from a program intended to support the development of climate action plans […]